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Excursions in and about Newfoundland, during the Years 1839 and 1840
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Online publication date: August 2011
  • Print publication year: 2011
  • First published in: 1842
  • Online ISBN: 9781139014045
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139014045
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    • Online ISBN: 9781139014045
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139014045
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Joseph Beete Jukes (1811–1869) was a geologist who studied at Cambridge under the famous Adam Sedgwick (1785–1873) and eventually became a prominent member of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. In 1839, after many field expeditions in England, he was appointed to a survey of Newfoundland, a place about which he had until then been in 'utter ignorance'. The explorers failed to find the hoped-for mineral wealth they had been sent to prospect for, and returned to Britain. In 1841 Jukes joined the H.M.S. Fly as a naturalist for an upcoming expedition to chart the coasts of Australia and New Guinea. The Fly set sail for the Pacific in 1842, the year in which this two-volume account of Jukes' Newfoundland experiences was published. Volume 1 describes Jukes' arrival in Newfoundland, its rugged landscapes, and life in the fishing communities of this harsh North Atlantic outpost.

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